The U.S. men’s national team takes the field this September for the start of its second spell under head coach Gregg Berhalter and several leading stars have been included for friendlies against Uzbekistan and Oman.
Christian Pulisic, Sergino Dest, and Folarin Balogun headlined Berhalter’s 24-player roster for upcoming matches on Sept. 9 and 12. First-time call-ups were also given to Inter Miami’s Benjamin Cremaschi and Palermo’s Kristoffer Lund, who join several veteran players in the squad.
The USMNT will begin its September camp on the 3rd in St. Louis, Missouri.
“We have a long-term strategic approach, with two of the principles being strong rosters and maintaining continuity,” Berhalter said. “We are thrilled to have a number of core players in this group while also being able to introduce some new faces to the senior team. Uzbekistan and Oman are types of teams we could face in the World Cup, so it’s an important opportunity to gain that experience.”
Pulisic and Dest were among several European-based players to make club moves this summer ahead of USMNT involvement. Timothy Weah, Malik Tillman, Brenden Aaronson, Yunus Musah, Matt Turner, and Ricardo Pepi also made moves in their respective club careers.
Cremaschi has made three appearances for the U.S. Under-19 men’s national team, but is also eligible to represent Argentina. Lund, who past represented several of Denmark’s youth national teams, has applied to FIFA for a one-time change of association in order to play for the USMNT.
Oman is ranked No. 73 in the FIFA Men’s Rankings while Uzbekistan is one place behind them in the No. 74 spot.
Here is the full USMNT roster for September’s pair of friendlies:
GOALKEEPERS: Drake Callender (Inter Miami; 0/0), Ethan Horvath (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 8/0), Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 32/0)
DEFENDERS: Sergiño Dest (PSV Eindhoven/NED; 26/2), Kristoffer Lund (Palermo/ITA; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 11/0), Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg/GER; 0/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 51/1), Chris Richards (Crystal Palace/ENG; 10/1), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 36/2), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 25/3), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 6/0)
MIDFIELDERS: Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; 7/0), Ben Cremaschi (Inter Miami; 0/0), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo/ESP; 16/0), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 44/11), Yunus Musah (AC Milan/ITA; 27/0), Malik Tillman (PSV Eindhoven/NED; 4/0)
FORWARDS: Brenden Aaronson (Union Berlin/GER; 32/7), Folarin Balogun (Arsenal/ENG; 2/1), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; 8/1), Ricardo Pepi (PSV Eindhoven/NED; 16/7), Christian Pulisic (AC Milan/ITA; 60/25), Tim Weah (Juventus/ITA; 31/4)